Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server MP for OpsMgr 2007 v.11.1.301.0

Microsoft recently released an updated version of the Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007.

Brief Description
The Management Pack for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server monitors the availability, security, configuration and performance of an FPE deployment.

Overview
The Management Pack for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) allows you to discover FPE installations and components and to monitor them within System Center Operations Manager 2007 and 2007 R2. When there is an issue that may impact the availability, configuration, or security of your FPE deployment, Operations Manager uses the management pack to detect the issue, alert you to its existence, and facilitate diagnosis and corrective actions.

Feature Summary:

  • Support for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)
  • Discovery and monitoring of key FPE services
  • Monitoring of product license status
  • Monitoring of the availability and configuration of scan jobs
  • Monitoring of scan engine and definition updates
  • Diagnostic and recovery tasks related to engine updates and service recycling
  • Performance views of message scanning rate across scan jobs
  • Discovery and monitoring of FPE running with an Exchange CCR cluster

Release History:

  • 11/9/2009 – Original release of the English version, version 11.0.325.00.
  • 6/18/2010 – Updated version and localized releases, version 11.1.301.0.

Forefront Protection Server Management Console 2010

Although this not exactly new and not the biggest scoop on Earth, I thought it might worth mentioning that the Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMC) 2010 has been (finally) released.

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Overview
The Microsoft® Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMC) 2010 provides multi-server management for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint. The management console delivers a easy to use graphical interface for server discovery, configuration deployment, reporting, quarantine management and integration with Forefront Online Protection for Exchange. The Microsoft® Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMC) 2010 is available as a free download.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2

Minimum Server Requirements

  • 64-bit (x64) architecture-based computer
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • 300 megabytes (MB) of free memory
  • 30 megabytes (MB) of available disk space for the console installation
  • 900 megabytes (MB) of available disk space for SQL Server 2008 Express Edition R2
  • 4 gigabytes (GB) of available disk space for full signature redistribution
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or later
  • Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET 3.5 SP1
  • Latest Windows Update version
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0
  • SQL Server 2008 or above is required for an Enterprise installation. Otherwise, FPSMC will automatically install SQL Server 2008 Express Edition R2.

Note: The FPSMC will automatically install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 if they are not already present. The FPSMC will also automatically install SQL Server 2008 Express Edition R2 if you select the Express installation. You must manually install Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET 3.5 SP1 before you can install FPSMC. To install Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET 3.5 SP1, see Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=202816).

Forefront Server Protection Script Kit

The Microsoft Forefront Server Protection Script Kit is available to download.

The Forefront Protection Server Script Kit (FPSSK) is a set of interrelated Windows PowerShell scripts that you control from a single master script, the FPSSK.ps1 script file. These scripts enable you to manage the configuration of two Forefront Protection products: Forefront Protection 2010 for Microsoft Exchange Server and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint.
The script kit enables you to capture the names of all computers running Forefront Protection 2010 in a an Active Directory domain, capture Forefront Protection 2010 configuration settings from specified computers, deploy those settings to specified computers, compare captured settings to those on specified running computers, and run basic computer status reports.

Brief Description
The Microsoft Forefront Protection Server Script Kit provides multi-server management for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint.

Overview
The Forefront Protection Server Script Kit provides multi-server management for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint. In addition to the ability to manage multiple Forefront Protection Servers from a single location, this Solution Accelerator provides easily extensible command-line scripts that help enable server discovery, configuration, deployment, and integration with existing management technologies. It also offers basic reporting capabilities to detect configuration drift and monitor server statistics.

Supported Protection Servers

  • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server
  • Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint
  • Configuration Management and Reporting

  • Capture server configuration snapshots and push snapshots to any number of servers
  • Compare configuration of any number of servers or baselines
  • Obtain statistics from one or many servers, including information about infected files, detected malware, server health, and more
  • See summary and/or server detail views
  • Ease of Use

  • Discover Forefront Protection Servers and export information to a .CSV file
  • Use customizable Windows PowerShell™ scripts to enhance your existing automation
    To learn more about the Forefront Protection Server Script Kit, visit the
    TechNet Library.
    Send questions or feedback directly to the security team at secwish@microsoft.com.
  • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Capacity Planning Tool

    Althoug the Forefront Server Protection product team had already blogged about capacity planning, there is a new tool (Excel spreadsheet) available: Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Capacity Planning Tool.

    Brief Description
    The Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) capacity planning tool lets you understand the hardware requirements for planning new FPE deployments. It also lets you evaluate the system requirements for existing deployments.

    Overview
    The FPE capacity planning tool helps you understand how CPU utilization and memory requirements vary by specifying different protection settings of FPE. This tool is based on the capacity planning guidance provided for Exchange Server 2010. The FPE capacity planning tool uses two specific reference architectures, the Standard Reference Architecture which is targeted at the small to medium size customers and then the Enterprise Reference Architecture targeting larger organizations. You can select a workflow associated with a reference architecture and specify CPU utilization and maximum memory constraints for your targeted hardware. You can specify the desired protection settings for each of the FPE server roles in the associated reference architecture, and describe the desired environment to be supported. After all these items are specified, the tool produces a summary of the hardware requirements with the number of servers that should be utilized to support the targeted environment given the FPE protection settings and the specified hardware constraints. The tool also provides performance guidance using graphs to understand performance aspects of the product and comparative performance of virtualized and non-virtualized scenarios with different operating systems and Exchange versions.

    Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer

    The Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer was recently released!

    Brief Description
    The FPE 2010 Best Practices Analyzer examines a local server running FPE 2010 and presents a list of warnings and errors for configurations that do not conform to recommended best practices.

    Overview
    The FPE 2010 Best Practices Analyzer examines a server running FPE 2010 and checks the server’s system configuration as well as the FPE 2010 product configuration. Any settings or combination of settings that do not conform to FPE 2010 best practices are summarized and displayed in a consolidated report, so that administrators can easily identify and address these issues.
    The FPE 2010 Best Practices Analyzer also includes documentation that explains each best practice, as well as the reasons why a setting might violate that best practice, so that administrators can judge whether that best practice applies to their server.

    Forefront Security for Exchange Server 10.1 MP for OpsMgr 2007

    An updated version of the Forefront Security for Exchange Server 10.1 MP for OpsMgr 2007 is now available to download.

    Brief Description
    The Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Management Pack monitors Exchange Servers for virus and worm activity.

    Overview
    The Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 supports the 10.1 version of Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 1. The MP supplies critical events and alerts on virus and worm activity to Operations Manager 2007, and also monitors the health and availability of these products.
    The Management Pack for Forefront Security for Exchange Server 10.0 can be found at
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=147D908C-9DC4-4F90-81B2-EE0764300BE2&displaylang=en
    Management Pack Release History:
    11/29/2007 Original release of English version of Management Pack. Localized versions of this MP scheduled for release in December 2007.

    Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Technical Resources

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    Now that Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server has RTM’ed, don’t forget to read the official documentation:

    • Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Documentation – Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) provides fast and effective detection of viruses, worms, spyware and spam by integrating multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners in a single solution. Its comprehensive messaging protection includes integration with Forefront Online Protection for Exchange for the defense-in-depth benefits of hosted and on-premise filtering and content filtering to prevent out-of-policy content from entering or leaving your network. The documents available in this download include information about FPE deployment, operations, technical reference, and troubleshooting. This information is also available in the Microsoft TechNet Library at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=111583.

    And don’t forget to take a look at these additional resources:

    Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) Documentation

    If you’re interest in Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), aka Forefront Online Security for Exchange (FOSE), ex-Exchange Hosted Filtering (EHF), you may find the following downloads interesting:

    • Setup Checklists: Microsoft® Forefront Online Protection for Exchange and Exchange Hosted Archive 9.2 – Use the following setup checklists to help you set up the individual or combined services that you signed up for. You can choose from a combined setup checklist for both Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange and Microsoft Exchange Hosted Archive, or the checklists for each individual service.
    • Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) 9.3 Product Documents – Product documents for FOPE 9.3 include the following: New Features Guide, Administration Center User Guide.
      • New Features Guide: This 12-page guide provides up-to-date information about the latest features and changes for Microsoft® Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), including new features of the Directory Synchronization Tool, new company filtering service settings, domain enhancements, and enhanced reporting features. You can use the information in this document to help prepare your messaging environment for updated services, and to communicate information to customers, partners, and employees.
      • Administration Center User Guide: This guide provides in-depth information and instructions for using the Microsoft® Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) Administration Center, a Web-based tool that allows you to create reports and customize your e-mail filtering account services. It includes essential information for finding what you need in the Administration Center and using it to optimize your FOPE antispam, antivirus, filtering, user management, and reporting services, among others.

    Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server MP for OpsMgr 2007

    Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 v11.0.0324.00 is available to download.

    Brief Description
    The Management Pack for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server monitors the availability, security, configuration and performance of an FPE deployment.

    Overview
    The Management Pack for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) allows you to discover FPE installations and components and to monitor them within System Center Operations Manager 2007. When there is an issue that may impact the availability, configuration, or security of your FPE deployment, Operations Manager uses the management pack to detect the issue, alert you to its existence, and facilitate diagnosis and corrective actions.

    Feature Summary:

    • Support for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)
    • Discovery and monitoring of key FPE services
    • Monitoring of product license status
    • Monitoring of the availability and configuration of scan jobs
    • Monitoring of scan engine and definition updates
    • Diagnostic and recovery tasks related to engine updates and service recycling
    • Performance views of message scanning rate across scan jobs
    • Discovery and monitoring of FPE running with an Exchange CCR cluster

    Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server RC

    Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server Release Candidate is now publicly available to download from the Microsoft site.

    Brief Description
    Microsoft Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server provides fast and effective protection against malware and spam by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. It also integrates with Forefront Online Security for Exchange to provide the defense-in-depth benefits of hosted and on-premise filtering in a single solution.

    Overview
    Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server provides fast and effective detection of viruses, worms, spyware, and spam by integrating multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. Its comprehensive messaging protection also prevents out-of-policy content from entering or leaving your network using content filtering. Through integration with Exchange Server and core Microsoft infrastructure technologies, Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server provides high performance, easily customized antivirus and antispam optimized for Exchange environments. It also integrates with Forefront Online Security for Exchange to provide the defense-in-depth benefits of hosted and on-premise filtering in a single solution.